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What's open Christmas night, Dec 25?

We go to the movies on Christmas day, but always have a tough time finding a restaurant that is open, afterwards. Sometimes we find a deli, and once we just went to the 24-hour Western Bagel factory store, went home and had bagel sandwiches.

Any suggestions?

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  1. The Pacific Dining Car has a nice-looking menu for Christmas ( http://pacificdiningcar.com/christmas... ), and they're open 24 hours. I once had Christmas dinner around midnight there, but, if you're interested, you should check on how late they'll be serving the special menu. My only caution is that I've learned not to order anything fancy at PDC. Their steaks and prime rib are excellent, but but nothing else has been memorable -- which is not to say it isn't decent food -- except for the apple ice-cream and the outstanding breakfast (especially the eggs and filet mignon), which you can get anytime. The turkey I had at Christmas a few years ago was dry and overcooked, so I'd think twice before ordering the capon on the special menu.

    1. Canters will be open, but I don't like it.

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      1. re: Clyde

        Amen to that. Canter's really is more a memory than a good deli experience. I've been to Junior's on Christmas night....it was okay.

      2. Just about every Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant in the SGV will be open. The Hong Kong-style cafes are usually open past midnight.

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        1. re: raytamsgv

          at this point, my family is planning to be having an early dinner at HAPPY FAMILY on atlantic in monterey park.

          we are still open to considering other Chinese restaurants that specialize in seafood, so if anyone on the board has a suggestion for one of these, speak up!

          1. re: westsidegal

            How about Seafood Village in Temple City? Empress Harbor or Elite in Monterey Park are also good selections.

            1. re: raytamsgv

              As would Sea Harbour ... esp. if seafood is the main consideration.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                We're trying the Knoll --- do a search, I listed their menu.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Just had lunch at Sea Harbour yesterday, and I am still smiling from the dumplings, the flavors, the quality! Thanks for the recent rec.!

          2. thank you to everyone!
            at least we now have a few good choices.
            if we don't go to one of them for christmas, we'll be sure to try them afterward.

            1. Lol, I was totally going to say Vietnamese or Chinese will be open. Little Saigon should be hopping since it's a tourist destination for out of state Vietnamese. Case in point, some relatives will be in town for the holiday, and the mom's side of the clan is about 20 people. We might go out to Little Saigon tomm night...

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              1. re: groover808

                Went to have a Banh Mi late in the afternoon. Some restaurants were closed, but the one's that were open were hopping.

                But it was nothing like SGV on Tuesday night. Every place was nuts. Ended up waiting over 30 mins for noodles at Shin Sen Gumi. It was really cold outside, but those noodles were worth the wait!

              2. If in either Weho or Studio City, Kung Pao Bistro will be open.
                I eat Christmas dinner there nearly every year. And the place is very busy.
                Delivery is also an option for Chinese food if you prefer to eat at home, yet do not feel like cooking. A good bottle of Zinfandel and Chinese food - the perfect Christmas dinner!!!
                Forget the turkey. Plenty of veggie options as well.

                1. last xmas my partner and I went to Las Cazulas (on Figueroa in Highland Park). I had a Salvadoran breakfast plate and the girlfriend had a pupusa and a steak. It was pretty good. It was the only place open in the area.

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                  1. re: TIRGL

                    Based on your rec, my son & I went there this afternoon on Christmas day for the very first time. This was a very pleasant surprise.I had always assumed that the place was just a take-out joint because that's what it looks like from the outside. Once we stepped inside, I saw that the inside seating is divided into 2 rooms and it's actually quite large. The place was nearly full at mid afternoon. I had milanesa and my son had carne asada. Tortillas were handmade. Both the food and service were really good with prices that are very reasonable. So thanks, TIRGL.

                  2. Warzawa on Lincoln in Santa Monica had a big sign in their door indicating that they'll be open Christmas day from 5-10PM.

                    1. I saw a sign on Fritto Misto as well about being open tomorrow (25th).

                      1. 0pen Table lists restaurants open on Christmas Day. Roy's restaurants are probably the best bet for Christmas day. Locations include downtown on Figueroa, Pasadena and Woodland Hills.

                        1. The best deli in LA should be open. Langer's Deli on Alvarado and 7th, across from MacArthur Park. Best pastrami west of New York.

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